Higher education heretic, social innovation junkie, Arsenal saddo.
This morning we went to a community breakfast at our local pub, organised by a group of Christian friends from two nearby churches. It’s a very simple, intuitive idea: take over a well-located local hub, serve a discounted meal and people will flock.
The community breakfast is one of a series of events run by this new community group, but they are all distinguished by a distinctly low-tech, people centred approach. We read about the breakfasts, for example, on the project’s newsletter – an old skool four page newsletter that went out to every household in the area. In an age where print media seems to be dying a slow death, it’s striking that hand-delivered newsletters continue to serve a useful purpose. A website simply wouldn’t have worked. Similarly, the breakfast event itself was a low-cost, low-risk venture. Small, easy to organise, easy to replicate.
The project has run out of funding but the organising group have conducted a survey which suggests a hunger for local sports groups, reading circles, art exhibitions, cooking classes and similar low-tech, people-centred things like that. All very positive and doable. So often, though, these kinds of projects peter out. This one has been going for 2 years now, so the signs are good. Something worth supporting and watching for growth. If this project can survive, prosper and diversify in our area, why not in others too?